As the spread of COVID-19 continued after the phased daily recovery was implemented, the number of new confirmed cases today (19th) recorded 3,000 for three days in a row.
The Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters (Bangdaebon) announced that as of 00:00 today, the number of new confirmed cases increased by 334, bringing the total to 409,999.
Although it is 258 fewer than yesterday (3,292), the highest number since the Corona 19 incident, the number of confirmed cases in the 3,000 range has been around for three days in a row since the 17th (3,187).
This is 666 more than the 2,368 people on Thursday of last week (12th as of the announcement date) a week ago.
The number of critically ill patients counted today was 499, a decrease of 7 from the previous day’s 506, but it is still close to the 500, the standard the government suggested that it can respond stably.
The death toll is also coming in at double digits every day.
An additional 28 people died yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,215.
The average fatality rate is 0.79%.
The number of new confirmed cases in Korea is 2,428 (80.6%), including 1,397 in Seoul, 844 in Gyeonggi, and 187 in Incheon.
For non-metropolitan areas, Gyeongnam 78, Busan 76, Gangwon 72, Chungnam 56, Daejeon 53, Gyeongbuk 49, Daegu 47, Jeonnam 46, Jeju 31, Gwangju and Jeonbuk 24 each, Chungbuk 20, A total of 583 people (19.4%) including 4 from Ulsan and 3 from Sejong.
Although the spread of the virus is gradually increasing, the government maintains the position that it is not enough to halt the ‘step-by-step recovery’ measures currently in place.
The quarantine authorities believe that the rapid increase in the number of critically ill patients is a bigger problem than the overall epidemic, and plan to focus on the infection of the elderly, centered on vulnerable facilities such as nursing hospitals and nursing facilities.
The government is also planning to announce a medical response plan to solve the problem of shortage of hospital beds in the metropolitan area through a briefing today at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.
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